Associate ~ Second Shooter ~ Assistant
Today I want to bring up a topic, often of great confusion, for brides and grooms to be. Photographers use terms like "assistant," "second shooter," or "associate photographer" frequently without defining what this technical jargon means to their couples.
So, here we go!Associate
- an associate, or partner, photographer is generally someone the principal (or main photographer; the one whose name is on the business) has trained up in their style of photography. The associate photographer may also be available to photograph your wedding at a reduced rate from the principle photographer's rate; a partner photographer may be available to photograph your wedding, but often at the same rate as the principle since they are considered equals, rather than having the apprentice type of relationship.Second Shooter
- this person is along for the day. The second shooter acts just like the principle photographer on your wedding day, by photographing similarly. Often times one may cover the cocktail hour while the other is photographing the formals. The second shooter is important in providing a fuller perspective of coverage at your wedding.Assistant
- the job of the assistant is to primarily
assist the photographer. This may include getting/moving gear, arranging people for the formal portraits, holding lights or reflectors, setting up reception slide shows and more. Generally, the assistant will not be taking any photos at your wedding.
Well, I hope this has helped provide a little clarity! As always, if you have other questions - feel free to leave them in a comment.
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